Home skin whitening products used to be quite popular, but not without controversy, I dare say. Dermatologists question their safety and effectiveness as most of the evidence to back them is anecdotical. Let's get down to business and see if they really work!
The medical name of "dark spots" is actually Hyperpigmentation, it might be the result of acne scars, sun exposure, age, hormonal changes or even other scars. We might find in the market several products –such as creams and seurms– to treat hyperpigmentation that promise to lighten the spots over time.
How do whitening products work?
Skin whitening involves procedures –or contact with substances– intended to reduce the concentration of melanin. This is specifically targeted for those who suffer from discoloration or dark spots. However, in terms of health, the benefits of such products are questionable and in many cases using whitening remedies may even have significant side effects.
A safe alternative to treat hyperpigmentation is laser therapy. High-energy pulsing lasers can safely and effectively remove any unwanted brown and red spots on your skin, so make sure you contact an expert to discover your options.
Home remedies for skin whitening
There are many home skin whitening remedies that promise to lighten blemishes or achieve a natural lightening effect over certain areas that are usually darker, these over-the-counter products usually contain:
- vitamin C
- azelaic acid
- pomegranate extract
- beta carotene
- licorice extract
While these have fewer risks than Hydroquinone creams and serums (products usually intended to whiten the skin), your skin could have a sensitivity or allergic reaction to nearly anything.
The bottom line is that there are no scientific studies that support this claim, and it's not known how safe they are when applied to the skin.
Skin whitening methods are a subject of controversy, as there is evidence to suggest negative effects.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), warns that even commercial over-the-counter skin whitening products are not safe or effective.
Unless your blemishes are a source of constant concern to you, I wouldn't recommend using these products and be sure to see a dermatologist who can guide you with your treatment and offer other options. If you really want to have whiter skin for other reasons, I would suggest embracing your skin, remember that health is the number one priority and you shouldn't jeopardize it for an aesthetic reason.